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>> federal judge sentences chaka fattah to ten years behind bars. good afternoon, i'm rahel solomon, jim has the day off. earlier this year, fattah convicted of miss spending government grants and charity money.
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today his sentence was handed down. "eyewitness news" reporter greg argos is live in front of the federal courthouse where the former congressman just spoke. greg? >> reporter: rahel, good afternoon there is all happening in just the past hour, in fact, the former representative just left the federal courthouse, but chaka fattah of course after being sentenced to ten years in federal prison, for 18 different count of public corruption, money laundering, and bribery charges. >> i want to thank my team, my lawyers, who have done an extraordinary job, we have received a sentence, we respect the court's decision. we won't have much after comment on that. but dow want to thank all of the witnesses who stepped forward and talked today and i want to thank over 200 people who wrote letters to the court on my behalf, and this is a circumstance in which now has
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accords dollars the dear termination there is phase of the process has come to a conclusion, and again i want to thank my legal team and i want to thank the support of my family and staff and friends through this very tough time. >> the judge says what happened in the courtroom will be heard throughout the country, are you being made an example, do you believe? now, chaka fattah leaving court this afternoon with his attorneys, not saying much after that brief statement. the judge spending the morning hearing from different -- seven different character witnesses how the former congressman has helped them in their community, then chaka fattah's time to speak. fattah said he personally regrets the decisions he's made, the former congressman convicted of 18 federal corruption counts, including one count of racketeering, five counts of male afraid and bribery charges. federal guidelines allow the judge to sentence fattah between 17 to 22 years in federal prison, this morning, the judge told the former congressman his actions have
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consequences, and then sentenced him to ten years behind bars. >> chaka fattah's also an individual, who has done significant things on behalf of the city of philadelphia for a number of years. but, unfortunately, seven years of that period he lost his way and as a result of losing his way he was sentence today a significant period of time in prison by the judge. and the judge appropriately took into consideration the significance of his criminal conduct, but also took into consideration all the work that he's done behalf of the citizens of philadelphia. >> reporter: now the judge allowing chaka fattah to return home but he must self-surrender by january 25th of next year. we're live here at the federal courthouse, greg argos, cbs-3, "eyewitness news". >> greg, thank you. and, thousands of law enforcement officers are gathering in atlantic city to say good-bye to a new jersey state trooper who died in the line of duty last week. joe holden joins us live from atlantic city outside boardwalk hall, joe? >> reporter: rahel, good afternoon, the weather somber and gray, certainly reflective
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of the mood as people pause to remember and of course to mourn the life loss of trooper williams. now, at this time right now the funeral services just getting underway inside boardwalk hall. now, we want to go ahead and show this scene earlier this morning, as hundreds of troopers from across the area, the delaware vale, certainly, included, officers from philadelphia, south jersey, north jersey, many of those officers filing past the troopers casket. now, trooper williams was killed in the line every duty last week. he leaves behind a wife of only two months. williams of atlantic county was a member of the 156 police class, graduating just this past january. he was assigned to the port norris station. now, he was killed in that violent wreck last monday on route 55 in millville. investigators say a car was driving irradically, coming at trooper williams the wrong way. it was trooper williams, according to investigators, who was on that roadway, in
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the first place, looking for that irradic driver. now the superintendent of the new jersey state police pause to speak with us. >> frankie williams on the job just 11 months, a model trooper. was a model recruit. he always wanted to be a trooper and to see somebody cut down really in the most productive, wonderful time of their life after being married just two months, is horrible. >> reporter: now, at this noon hour, in boardwalk hall behind me, people are recalling the life of a young boy who, as you just heard, always wanted to be a new jersey state police trooper. we will have more on the remembrances and farewell for trooper williams at 5:00 on cbs-3, reporting live in atlantic city, outside boardwalk hall, joe holden, cbs-3, "eyewitness news". >> joe, see you then, thank you. federal judge rules against the green party case for election recount in pennsylvania. the green party wanted to determine the presidential return for, also wanted hands
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recount of paper ballots. this morning, how much, the court said there was no credible evidence that any hack occurred. federal law requires the state to certify election by tomorrow. for some areas the day started with icy mess. for others it was a rainy start. now we're headed for a warm up. first look at the forecast with justin drabick live on the cbs-3 skydeck. justin, big snag of emotions, conditions, all over the place today. >> yes, little dreary today. bad timing with the morning commute. heavy rain moved through. better news this afternoon, drying out nicely, still cloud cover over us right now, yes, call 50 degrees warm, definitely, compared to what it has been the past weekend. don't get used to it, though, another big cool down on the way. check it out, storm scan three shows the last of the rain coming across extreme far southern new jersey, cape may county clipping sussex county delaware, will continue to move off next half hour. everybody else under mostly cloudy skies, later this afternoon probably few peaks every sunday shine specially north and west of the city. pretty healthy rainfall amounts, over half inch in pottstown officially,
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doylestown .52, mt. laurel, new jersey, just shy of half inch of rainfall. and into south jersey little less. we had about quarter inch of rain reported in sea isle, city. but any rain helps, as we are still down on the year for precipitation, temperatures holding mid to up 40th's from the city and southwards, still freezing lehigh valley and poconos, good news, no threat of any more icing coming our way this afternoon. and suburbs, same deal. low 40's, north and west, pottstown, quakertown, we're getting close to the 50 degrees mark in parts of south jersey. should hit 50 for philadelphia. low 50's at the shore. upper 30's, in the poconos. next arctic blast is on the way in the seven day forecast, even colder than the first one over the weekend. we will talk about that coming up in a few minutes. >> not looking forwards to that, justin, thank you. foreign affairs dominating the trump transition efforts after cia report claimed russia tried to interfere in the u.s. elections to help mr. trump win. and the president-elect has upset china with statement he made over the weekends. kenneth craig with the latest now from new york.
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president-elect donald trump is pushing back against the cia's conclusion that the russians influenced the us election to benefit mr. trump. >> i think it is ridiculous. i think it is just another excuse. i don't believe it. >> mr. trump's remarks conflict with the cia's findings that russia wants to damage hillary clinton's campaign by leaking hacked emails from the democratic party computer. the trump administration says the report is an attempt for democrats to discredit his victors. >> believes that the cia is a political institution and he's going have to learn that it is not. >> congress promising bipartisan investigation. >> let me just speak for myself. the russians are not our friends. >> russian influences also a concern, with mr. trump's top pick for secretary of state, exxon mobile ceo rex tillerson, has close ties to russian president vladmeere putin. >> look at this as an asset, not liability, in that he's hanging around with rad leer
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putin on the weekends, he under stands russia, already doing business there. >> monday morning china criticized the president-elect over comments he made about the one china policy. >> i don't know why we have to be bound by a one china policy. >> the policy acknowledges china as sovereign, over taiwan, and china's foreign ministry department says with out one china there will be no relationship between the two countries. kenneth craig, for cbs-3, "eyewitness news". multiple reports now say that new jersey governor chris christie was actually offered several positions in the trump administration but turned them all down. the governor was one of trump's early supporters in campaign 2016. reports say christie turned down the positions of homeland security secretary, veterans affairs secretary, and us ambassador to italy. sources say christie didn't think any of the positions were a good fit. coming up on cbs-3 "eyewitness news", the arch dice cyst of philadelphia announces another closings, and we'll have the latest list. eagles cannot get out of their ruts. we'll have the low lights from
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>> welcome back, a problem within the hydraulic system of a rocket forbes dollars nasa to scrub this morning's launch of a weather satellite, the cyclone global navigation satellite system is attached to a peg cyst rocket which was set to air launch off the belly of a plane. the satelite is part of a network intended to increase scientific understanding and improve forecasting of tropical cyclones, weather permitting nasa will attempt
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apartment relaunch tomorrow morning. back here at home the archdioces of philadelphia closing four churches in three counties, made the announcement this morning, montgomery county saint august steen church will close, chester county the original as sum sean of the blessed virgin march any west grove will close n philadelphia's mt. airy neighborhood, two churches will close: saint trees of the child jesus, and saint madeline sophie. the archdioces says all four worship sites have been operating at a lost. well, still caught in a rut. the eagles come up just six points short of investigate at this against washington, tough defeat for the eagles as they walk offer the field, with yet another lost on their shoulders, this is the eighth one, in ten games. they were done in by two costly turnovers and the red zone and former eagle desean jackson burning them for 80-yard touchdown. >> and, eagles head coach doug pederson holding his weekly q and a with the media from the nova care center. let's listen.
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just got beat. that will happen. been a bright spot. >> more on the eagles latest lost today on "eyewitness news" at 5:00. well, still ahead on "eyewitness news", the problems that are being caused by this massive wave of snowstorms moving across the country, justin? >> well, there is always rough waking up on a monday morning, then we have to add rain into the mix. always thinking about the weekends, leading up to the weekends it will be colds, but cold air starts to move out for saturday, sunday, temps in the 40's, we will be tracking the storm system, initially maybe little snow change to go rain saturday and the weekends should finish off on the wet side. talk more about the cold air leading up to the weekends coming up when "eyewitness news" returns.
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a massive storm is blasting millions of americans, snow, freezing rain, from the great lakes to the northeast cbs correspondent in jamestown, new york where the snow is apparently really coming down. >> in western new york tow truck owner can barely keep up. >> how has it been the last 48 hours? >> most guys have been running over 22 hours straight. >> dropping relentless, dropping 32 inches. >> you know, buffalo, new york gets all of the credit for the snow. we get the snow. >> while it may look pretty county sheriff says the snow is dangerous. >> your people alone handle more than 50 car crashes all weather relate in the. >> all weather-related between the personal injury accidents, motor vehicle collisions, vehicles off the road, yes, 50 in two days. >> the winter storm also caused icy conditions at the
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detroit metro airport where this delta airplane skidded off the runway. no injuries were reported. in illinois, transportation officials begged drivers to stay home. >> we want the public to ask themselves a simple question. is this trip really necessary before you leave the house? >> but chicago, which had expect add foot of snow, was mostly spared. just over three and a half inches. back in up-state new york, jess hopes he's seen the end of the snow for now. >> looks like it is going to stay more toward erie, buffalo, we're hoping. >> parts of central, and southern new york state woke to up more than 2 feet of snow. sometimes much more than 2 feet. take a look at the street sign over here. all contributed to more than 90 accidents in this county alone. cbs news, crewsberg, new york. >> too soon to talk about a white christmas? >> white christmas, has to be an inch of snow on the ground christmas day, it is getting cold over the next week, but
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looks like signs by the end of the month, trying to warm up. >> that would be like last year? >> well, who knows. we'll see what happens. the probability around here for white christmas less than 20%, a lot of things have to tomorrow doing. but poconos, inch, inch and a half or so. plenty of man-made snow happening over the past weekends, were able to crank out the snow at big boulder. live look there right now. and building a good base, all of the ski resorts in the poconos, this upcoming week should get real good, especially by the ends of the week, ideal snow making conditions, cold, dry, excellent news for skiers and riders. as far as the rain goes, coming to an end. lots of it across extreme southern new jersey, southern delaware, moving over the delaware bay, maybe few light showers, and parts of southern cumberland county, cape may county the next hour, moving off shore, clouds, spinning out to the north and west, should see few peaks of sunshine potentially north and west of the city later this afternoon. that dryer air mass continues to build in from the west. start to bring in cooler air,
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but get back to average. now today's highs look at that so far getting close to 50 degrees in wilmington, 45 in philadelphia, still in the 30's allentown and in reading. and there is the milder air ahead of the system near 50 in richmond, 48 in d.c. don't get used to it, though, tomorrow, going to get that change back to where it should be for this time of year. certainly will feel like winter by the end of the week, astronomical winter does not arrive until next wednesday, 291st, 5:44 in the morning, when we get the shortest amounts of daylight, nine hours, 19 minutes, 58 seconds. late week arctic blast in our forecast. cold front will come through later today, bridges in seasonable air mass tomorrow, high temperatures mid 40's, some sunshine. wednesday, slightly cooler, still in the 40's, maybe snow shower. here comes the arctic front. thursday, this one means business, even colder than last weekends. talking about highs only in the 20's. so this is way below average, good 20 degrees below average for this time of year. through the afternoon, getting clear skies, rain moves off shore. quiet night tonight. gets cold.
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tomorrow morning this commute much better, than what we had this morning, nice and dry. clouds start to rollback in tuesday afternoon. temperatures today, approaching 50 degrees, this afternoon. low to mid 40's, up into the lehigh valley near 40 in the poconos, cold night tonight though. tomorrow morning, certainly wearing the winter coats with temperatures down to the low 20's. and some of the coldest spots, afternoon highs on tuesday, closer to where they should be in the lower and mid 40's. now, thursday, friday, oh, you're going to really feel the chill. highs only in the 20's, you got winds, ten to 20 miles per hour, that puts the windchill values single digits and teens during the day. colds he is air we've had since last february, and at nighttime we will be down into the teens, maybe even some single digits, some of the colds he is spots. the rest of today, late day clearing, milder up around 50 degrees, tonight quiet, partly cloudy, seasonably cold, 29 for the city. colder out in the suburbs, extended forecast pretty quiet next few days. clouds, some sunshine, 40's for highs, then 20's, 28 degrees, for that high on thursday. then friday morning, that's
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going to be the worse of it, even in the city could have low of 12 degrees, single digits, and suburbs, good news is really only two day event. weekend warms up little bit. still, initially could be cold air saturday, next storm could start as some snow change to go rain. >> oh, boy. looks like it is warm-ish today. gets cool. then maybe a little warm up again? >> all over the place. >> all right. >> well there is just will certainly warm your heart. an all of them are filled with holiday toys, and they're going to patients at the children's hospital of philadelphia. that's toys donated by students at haverford middle school delaware county. teachers from the school dropped off the gift at chop monday morning. >> and speaking of toys, our "joy of sharing" toyfest in full swing. we hope you will pick up a toy for child in need. for list of drop off locations head to our website cbsphilly.com/toyfest. you can also find them on the cbs local app. awesome. the best part of the holidays. >> right. we have the drop off here in the lobby, and the toys pieing
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up already. >> quickly, we thank everybody for participating. the holiday spirit that's filling up an entire house. see for
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doctor poses. cigntogether, all the way. for most families one christmas tree is enough. one cup nel germany apparently loves them so much they've decorated more than 100 trees. their home filled to the rafters with them. they say the collection started small but grown rapidly over the past few years, takes the couple eight weeks to decorate all every them, every room filled with
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trees, except their bedroom, justin, that's what you call over achiever. >> are they retired? i want to know, do they work? who has that time? that's cool, though. good for them. >> yes, yes. all right, going to feel like christmas certainly by the end of the week. not today, around 50 degrees, actually warmer than average. feels pretty good. by the ends of the week mid-winter stuff even colder than it should be for january. today near 50. rain has ended, see few peaks of sun later this afternoon. tomorrow, little bit more sunshine, mid 40's, right where it should be this time of year. twelve friday morning, that's the look, low for the sit, highs only in the 20's. >> i'm off friday. >> oh, you're luck. >> i i'll be under my covers. >> stay inside. >> all right, justin, thank you. well, that's "eyewitness news" at noon. i'm rahel solomon. for justin, all of us here, thanks for watching. >> "eyewitness news" continues at 5:00. we're always on line at cbsphilly.com. >> the young and the restless is next. stay warm. >> ♪ >> ♪
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